Executive Council meeting 6 February 2019

At our first Executive Council meeting In Slot Zeist on 6 February 2019 most executive members met to discuss the IFFI strategy for 2019.

The network said goodbye to chairman Loek Favre and board member Joep van Wessem with many thanks for their contribution to the network.

The new board members, Ruud Peerbooms and Chih-sung Ma, were installed.

A full circle

In 2011 we invited our executive members to Slot Zeist with the following introduction:
Following the individual meetings between Loek Favre and the senior management members of the IFFI network in January and February of this year, this executive council meeting is organized to discuss the full potential of IFFI in her second phase of development. A new set of focal areas and subsequent actions has to be agreed upon.
Loek Favre had just become chairman of the IFFI board. At this EC meeting Loek handed down his duties to new chairman Ruud Peerbooms, again at Slot Zeist. Furthermore Joep van Wessem left the IFFI board, welcoming Chih-Sung Ma in his place, so we took the opportunity to thank both Loek and Joep for their valuable contribution to the network.

Digital Transformation in Food

Special guest for this evening was Jim Stolze, tech entrepreneur and innovation expert. Jim presented the latest developments in digitalisation like f.e. the impact of artificial intelligence on our businesses.

Guest speaker Jim Stolze

Jim is the founder of Aigency, a platform that links Dutch startups in the field of artificial intelligence to multinationals. Jim can inspire his audience like no other with his vision on the future of digitization and its impact on business models and organizations. In 2016, together with Constantijn van Oranje, Jim organized the event “Startup Fest Europe” with big names like Tim Cook (Apple), Eric Schmidt (Alphabet) and Travis Kalanick (Uber).


Location: Slot Zeist, Zinzendorflaan 1, 3703 CE Zeist | t: +31(0)30 721 06 00

  • 16.00 hrs Reception at Slot Zeist
  • 16.30 hrs Executive Council meeting: IFFI strategy 2019
  • 18.00 hrs Guided castle tour
  • 18.30 hrs Aperitif
  • 19.00 hrs Dinner
  • 20.30 hrs Keynote speaker Jim Stolze about Digital Transformation
  • 22.00 hrs Words of thanks to Loek and Joep
  • 22.15 hrs End of official programme


Slot Zeist
Slot Zeist was once the paradise estate of Willem Adriaan, Count of Nassau-Odijk and grandson of Prince Maurits. The castle breathes history, is surrounded by beautiful English gardens and is centrally located. The right wing consists of the beautiful garden room with tromp l’oeil paintings and the baroque Blue room with its unique and atmospheric appearance thanks to the royal blue damask wall decoration by designer Daniel Marot and golden finishes on the wooden ceiling.

Slot Zeist
Zinzendorflaan 1
3703 CE Zeist
t: +31(0)30 721 06 00
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An invitation has been sent out by e-mail to all executive members of the IFFI network.

For more information, please contact Margriet Dekker by sending an e-mail to: events@ingredientsforfoodinnovators.com

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